Deer bugging Wyoming towns

Buffalo, WY – A wildlife biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says a number of communities are starting to see problems with an overabundance of deer. Doug Thiel works in the Buffalo Game and Fish office and says increased deer numbers have led to encounters with people on hiking trails and on city streets. He says they are also causing damage in backyards. Thiel says one recent concern is that the deer have attracted something else to the Buffalo area: mountain lions. He says Game and Fish has removed one lion from the center of town and one from an area adjacent to town.

Thiel says the Game and Fish Department allowed a special hunt this month which removed 50 deer from the population. But he says it will take more than that to impact deer numbers long-term.